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Hidden toll on employment: Cut to part-time

In order to battle through times of recession companies put staff onto part time working. Layoffs increase and companies fold. Those on part time work have work but can't then top up their reduced salaries with other jobs.

This may enable companies to become lean and get through times when their order books are low but to be able to ramp up to full times working very quickly. In the past companies made massive layoffs or delayed action until it was too late, either way they lost key workers with knowledge of their business and current clients.

Firms are going to short shifts instead of dumping some workers and then having problems hiring back later. It moderates layoffs and allows the firm to adjust to swings in demand, adding hours without having to hire when business grows.


Last updated 3rd March 2009